Do I need approval to study abroad?
Yes. Final approval to study abroad is formally granted by the Study Abroad Committee. To be eligible for approval, students must have a B (3.0) average for the fall and spring semesters of the academic year preceding the year or semester of study abroad and the approval of their major department. Students who are not in good disciplinary standing may be deemed ineligible to study abroad even if they meet the academic requirements.
How do I apply for approval to study abroad?
You will be filling out an application in BiONic to the Study Abroad Committee, and can check the status of your application going forward. You must also apply for admission to your program or host university. Visit "How to Apply," and make an appointment with Dean Theresa Cann by calling 610-526-5375.
What is the deadline for applying to my study abroad program?
Approved Programs each have their own deadline. Visit Approved Programs for more information.
Do I need a major adviser evaluation/recommendation?
Yes. You must request approval from your major adviser (for Major #1 in your Major Work Plan) to study abroad by asking your adviser to submit a Study Abroad Major Adviser Evaluation Form by the appropriate deadline. This form is located in the Study Abroad box at the bottom of your Major Work Plan.
How do I get courses abroad approved for my Major/Minor?
Students who wish to take courses abroad to fulfill a requirement in their major need to have the specific course approved by the major adviser in the students’ major department. This approval may take place either before or after the term abroad. Only courses approved by the major department can be counted toward the major. The adviser must send an email to the Registrar and notify the registrar that the said course will count toward the student’s major. Courses taken for elective credit are approved by the registrar.
When should I start planning for Study Abroad?
Planning should begin in your first year. Mention to your Dean your desire to study abroad. Make an appointment with Dean Theresa Cann by calling 610-526-5375 or by email to email@example.com. Meet the Study Abroad Coordinators (student who have previously studied abroad and how can help you with the process. Visit Approved Programs to begin thinking about where you would like to study. Sophomores: plan to attend a mandatory info session.
Do I need a passport?
All travelers between countries must have a passport. The passport is the official identification of your citizenship. Students should make sure that their passports are valid until at least six months after returning from their study abroad programs. If you are a U.S. citizen, visit the U.S. Department of State passport website. International students and non-U.S. citizens should check with the embassy of their country of citizenship in the United States, if they need to renew their passport.
Do I need a visa?
It is your responsibility to inquire about visa requirements, including those for countries you plan to visit before or after your study abroad programs. It can take several weeks to gather all of the documents needed for the visa application. Consult with your chosen program about obtaining a visa.
International students may need to have a U.S. visa valid beyond the period of their study abroad program before they may apply for a student visa for study abroad. Non-U.S. citizens, students on Permanent Resident Status (Green Card) and student on a non-immigrant F-1 Visa, should consult with the Pensby Center to make sure that all their U.S. immigration paperwork is in place for their re-entry to the United States. It is important to note that, international students applying for visas in the U.S. for study abroad are more successful than students who apply in their home countries. International students are advised to plan carefully and accordingly
How do I choose a program?
How do I pay for Study Abroad?
How do I figure out my expenses while I'm abroad?
Visit Numbeo, a collaborative online database which enables users to share and compare information about the cost of living between countries and cities.
What about health insurance while I'm abroad?
All students are required to have medical, dental and mental health coverage that is acceptable in the study abroad country throughout the duration of their stay abroad. Contact your chosen program for requirements, and make an appointment with Dean Theresa Cann by calling 610-526-5375 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I have questions or concerns about access and diversity when choosing my program?
Please visit Access and Diversity.
What if I want to talk to a student who studied abroad?
Please visit Past Participants.